|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Friday, February 14, 2003, 14:23|
This is an idea I've had for a while, unrelated to my other conlangs. I was
wondering if the list might enjoy discussing how it might work.
English as we know it arose from a situation where a Germanic language (Old
English) was the everyday language of the majority, whereas an elite used
Romance languages (Norman French for the aristocracy, Mediaeval Latin for
the Church). I'm wondering what might have evolved had the situation been
reversed. Suppose that after the defeat of Quintillius Varus, Arminius has
pressed his advantage and conquered Rome. We then have a situation where a
Latin speaking majority is ruled by a Germanic speaking elite. What might
Latin have evolved into under such circumstances?